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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Prince Igor

This week’s OCS is a quick, light-hearted introduction to Alexander Borodin’s Russian epic, Prince Igor, a tale dripping with nationalism and imperialism set in the 12th-century.  Prince Igor is this week’s Met Opera broadcast, Saturday, March 1st at noon, on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7.


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In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Classical 91.7’s program director, St.John Flynn, and opera expert Eric Skelly, discuss Borodin’s Prince Igor, a tale of love, war and national pride based on a medieval epic poem.  Prince Igor and his son go off to fight the nomadic Polovtsi but are captured by the mighty Khan Konchak. 

You can hear the Met Opera performance of Prince Igor Saturday at noon here on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7, online at